This weekend lasted four days for fall break, and I was so thankful for that. My midterm exams were last week, and because Kyle was here during the beginning of this semester I hadn't exactly been doing a lot of studying... I've spent the last two weeks teaching myself everything I should have been learning over the course of this semester. It was a lot to cram in, and I was exhausted, so the extra break suited me just fine.
During the break I did a lot of planning: wedding planning, apartment planning, college transfer planning...even some I'm-moving-to-Germany planning. So now it's time to fill you in.
On Monday I had my first major melt-down. When I realized just how much there was to prepare for, I became overwhelmed, panicked, cried like a baby, and then quickly recovered, kicked myself into gear, and went to work setting a timeline and making some phone calls to get everything rolling.
However, it was the perfect time to completely freak out. Kyle finally got his phone plan, which automatically made half my stress melt away. We've been able to communicate much more easily now. So far, things are going very smoothly for him in Germany, and I can finally rest a bit easier knowing that he's okay. We know now that he'll be stationed at his current location for two years, and that time will be lengthened to three years after we're married. This is great news because there is little chance of his being deployed from this particular base. Once we're married we're almost guaranteed two years together before we have to worry about deployments again. I miss him more than I can tell you, but it's unbelievable how reassuring a phone call can be. Even though I'm positively aching to be back in those arms again, just hearing his voice helps to set me at ease and remind me that I am capable of patience...at least if I try really really hard.
Anyway, this outline is what came of my melt-down:
1) I applied for my passport today so that I'll be able to leave the country without any problems.
2) I move into my new apartment on November 1st.
3) I'll be going to Germany to see Kyle over Christmas break, probably for about a week. :)
4) Next semester will be my last at Eastern Kentucky University, if I decide to attend after this semester. I'm considering taking next semester off to focus on the wedding/the "big move."
5) I'll be applying for transfer at UMUC online school in March of next year.
6) Kyle and I will be getting married sometime around June 5th. That's our tentative date. We can't put a definite date on the wedding yet because we don't know when he'll be able to get his leave, but it will be somewhere around this time.
7) Kyle will leave a week or two after the wedding, and I'll follow within the next month. It'll take me some time to pack/store all of our things from the apartment.
8) By the end of July, at the very latest, I'll be living in Germany, blogging all about my adventures in Europe. I am so very excited for this part of the plan. :)